After a year of planning, work, and fundraising, Silversea Cruises’s ice-class conversion of Silver Wind, the 12-year-old Olympic-class ship that was plagued by structural problems, is finally complete. The massive project, which cost the world-famous luxury line $400 million, is a notable achievement for Silversea, which has been a pioneer in the art of ice cruising with its flagship line, Silver Galapagos.

Silversea has announced today that it has converted its Silver Wind, a luxury ship that sails to arctic destinations, into an ice-class vessel. The ship now operates under the “Silver” brand name.

Silversea Cruises has released information on the transformation of Silver Wind into a luxury ice-class ship, which will be the company’s fourth expedition ship.

The ship Silver Wind is being restored at the Remontowa shipyard in Gdansk, Poland. The revamp features an ice-strengthened hull and cutting-edge technological improvements for sailing in arctic seas. A new sophisticated wastewater treatment facility, new food waste treatment facilities, and new fuel-saving boilers will be installed at Silver Wind.


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The improved Silver Wind will set sail for Antarctica on Nov. 20, 2021, for a 22-day trip in time for a solar eclipse on Dec. 4, 2021, from an excellent viewing location on the White Continent.

“To further extend and diversify our cold-water cruise offering, we are turning our beloved Silver Wind into one of the most luxury expedition ships at sea,” stated Silversea president and CEO Roberto Martinoli. “We are substantially investing in our ultra-luxury fleet with the support of the Royal Caribbean Group to satisfy the growing guest demand for journey choices in such breath-taking, isolated locations as Antarctica, and we have more exciting improvements to come.”

Silver Wind will include a reinforced hull, ice-detector sonars similar to those used on icebreakers, 24 Zodiac powered rafts, and 14 kayaks.

Silver Wind will carry up to 28 adventure specialists for onboard lectures, guided Zodiac excursions, and on shore activities, with a limited guest capacity of 274. In the area previously occupied by a casino, a picture studio with cutting-edge technology will be installed. A mudroom will be added to the ship, as well as a water-heating system for the ship’s swimming pool.

The top suites at Silver Wind will be completely renovated with new furniture and carpets, as well as new walk-in showers to match the bathtubs, as part of the 2018 renovation. The Vista and Veranda suites at Silver Wind will be renovated as well, with new walk-in showers installed.

Repainted walls and ceilings of La Dame, La Terrazza, the Observation Lounge, the Panorama Lounge, and the reception area will be among the ship’s public spaces. The gym and the beauty salon will be updated as well.

International roundtrip flights or air credit, discounted business-class upgrades, in-country flights, pre- and post-cruise hotel night/s or day-use hotel, transfers and luggage handling, expert expedition team for enrichment lectures, guided Zodiac and land tours, complimentary expedition gear including parka on select expedition voyages, multiple restaurants

Click here to see the Silver Wind’s future trips.

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